Gosh! Christmas Tree Stacks

Gosh! Christmas Tree Stacks

For a show stopping party piece that all your guests will admire and enjoy, these seasonal Christmas tree stacks made with our Mushroom, Puy Lentil & Butter Bean Burgers and Our Beetroot, Kale and Quinoa Burgers will get the party started!

Ingredients

1 Gosh! Beetroot, Kale & Quinoa Burger

1 Gosh! Mushroom, Puy Lentil & Butter Bean Burgers

2 sweet potatoes

2 parsnips

2 large savoy cabbage Leaves

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

2 teaspoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon rapeseed oil

Juice of half a lemon

Method

This is less a recipe, and more about preparation!

1. Prepare the vegetables. Peel and thickly slice the sweet potato and parsnip, toss in the spices, syrup, lemon juice and oil. Roast in an oven for 30 minutes, so they're cooked, but still firm.

Blanch the 2 cabbage leaves in boiling water for 2 minutes, remove from boiling water and place immediately into a bowl of cold water.

2. Cook the Beetroot, Kale and Quinoa Burger and the Mushroom, Puy Lentil and Butter Bean Burgers according to packet instructions.

3. Leave the burgers and veg to cool for a few minutes until you can handle them

4. To assemble the stack use think of the shape of Xmas tree with circular rings stacked on top of each other

5. Using different size cookie cutters, cut circles of beetroot burgers, sweet potato, parsnip in and cabbage in graduated sizes. Ensure that the thickness of each ring is the same (about 1 cm)

6. Assemble by stacking in a tower from largest to smallest circle. You will need a skewer in the middle of the stack for support.

7. Leave a little of the skewer poking up at the top of the stack (about &12; cm)

8. Use a small star shaped cookie cutter and cut a star out of sweet potato. Pop this on top of the stack, using the rest of the skewer that is sticking out to secure it

9. Cut the points off some cocktail sticks (about &14; cm long) and skewer the flat end onto some dried cranberries. Push them into the Christmas tree with the pointy end, to look like baubles.

What advice would you give for vegans over Christmas?

"Choosing a vegan lifestyle is a trend which is growing exponentially year on year. Stats from the Vegan Society show more than 500,000 people, over 1% of the population, now identify themselves as vegan. This is a 360% rise over ten years. This quick rise means that for many, this Christmas will be their first as a vegan, and as they'll find, navigating family and traditions over the festive season might be tricky.

For most, Christmas is a time of feasting, and this often involves ingredients that only come out once a year. A roast potato, usually cooked in sunflower oil, will suddenly be roasted in goose fat on the advice of a TV chef. Carrots, usually just boiled, will now be glazed with honey. There will be desserts, and cakes, and chocolates, all full of dairy and eggs. All of this food is off limits to vegans who won't eat any food made from, or produced by, animals.

It is important then, that vegans bring their own food with them to Christmas celebrations. Try taking a packet of Gosh! bakes, with you to have as your main course, or you can make some delicious Christmas treats to bring to your guests using the lovely seasonal recipes we have created. The Gosh! range is vegan, and convenient - just 15 minutes in the oven!. Or bring your own baked goods with you - there are loads of recipes on line for vegan Christmas cakes or mince pies, with vegan ingredients. I bet no one will notice the difference!"

Laura Southern, nutritionist at Gosh!


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